Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university’s intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the William R. Perkins Library and its branches: Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Lilly, Music, and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort. Duke’s library holdings of 6.1 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.
Duke’s hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business.
Duke offers a comprehensive benefit packages which includes both traditional benefits such as health insurance, leave time and retirement, as well as wide ranging work/life and cultural benefits. Details can be found at: http://www.hr.duke.edu/benefits.
Salary and rank dependent on qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package includes 20 days vacation, 13 holidays, 12 days sick leave; health, dental, disability and life insurance and support for professional development and training.
It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to diversity.
Required: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program or an advanced degree in a relevant subject area.
Preferred: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program and an advanced degree in a relevant subject field.
Required: At least three years of experience as a subject librarian in an academic library for a discipline in the humanities. Proficiency with information resources in a variety of formats and subject areas; teaching or library instruction experience. Must be flexible and a self-starter; have the ability to work successfully in a highly collaborative environment; possess excellent organizational, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills as well as a strong commitment to public service; interest in and aptitude for learning emerging technologies and web applications; commitment to data-informed decision-making.
Preferred: Supervisory and project management experience; relevant professional experience and strong academic background in literature, theater or other relevant field; experience providing research support, preferably in an academic setting; experience collaborating on digital scholarship projects; familiarity with web publishing technologies; experience with user and/or usability study methodologies; experience with assessment tools and methods; experience with data management and knowledge of issues related to open access; experience managing library collections budgets.
The Head, Humanities Section provides leadership for the work of arts and humanities subject liaisons and the development of library services and resources for the arts and humanities disciplines, coordinating engagement, instruction, collection development, and research services.
The Librarian for Literature & Theater Studies actively engages with faculty, students, visiting scholars, and staff in the English Department, Theater Studies Department, and the Literature Program. She/he collaborates with colleagues to provide and promote library resources and services that support these fields; manages the Libraries’ collections in these areas; and provides specialized research assistance and instruction to library users.
• Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible
• Occasional bending, crouching, stooping
• Normal office environment
• Occasional weekend and/or evening shifts required.
These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.
• Provides leadership, training and supervision for subject librarians in section, including goal setting and performance review
• Works with Head of Research and Instructional Services and other staff to develop services and to support scholarly activities in the Duke community
• Manages assigned general collections funds and oversees collections funds held by members of the Humanities Section
• As a member of the Collections Coordinators Group, participates in governance of Duke University Libraries’ collections activities, funding allocation and policy development across the disciplines.
• Convenes meetings of the Humanities Section on a regular basis and communicates the group’s activities
• Represents the Humanities Section on appropriate policy-setting committees
• Serves as primary liaison to and actively develops professional relationships with faculty, students and staff in assigned areas
• Provides in-depth, specialized research consultation for students, faculty, and visiting scholars in assigned areas
• Teaches research tools and skills relevant to the discipline
• Contributes to university efforts to assess and promote institutional scholarship (e.g. DukeSpace, Scholars@Duke, exhibits, events)
• Proactively and systematically develops and manages collections in relevant formats and languages in assigned areas to support the research and teaching needs of the Duke University community
• Promotes resources using current tools and technologies
• Collaborates with colleagues in related fields to acquire materials
• Participates in assignment to service desks, instant messaging and first-year instruction.
• Contributes to the development of and access to library website, research tools and other applications of technology
• Participates in or contributes to the ongoing evolution of the Libraries’ services
• Displays continuing growth in professional and subject knowledge and takes an active interest in the profession. Growth and interest should be demonstrated through continuing development of professional knowledge and abilities, membership and participation in professional organizations, and service to the library, University, or community in a professional capacity.
• Participates in development and fund raising efforts as appropriate
• Performs other tasks as designated by the department head or library administration
• Supervises arts and humanities subject librarians
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Send cover letter, detailed resume and the names, addresses (mailing and e-mail), and telephone numbers of three references to: Teresa Tillman, Library Human Resources, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include HUMANITIES in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Applications which are missing any of the components listed above will not be reviewed.